Try naming a Zac Efron movie in which he doesn’t kiss someone. I dare you.
His latest film, The Greatest Showman, is no exception, and according to him, it might have been the best kiss of any film he’s done so far. While doing press for the movie, Efron and his fellow Disney Channel alum and co-star Zendaya Coleman answered a reporter’s questions about onscreen kisses and what made this one so special.
“I’m pretty lucky … I’m in no contractual obligation to kiss anyone, I just get to kiss a lot of cool people,” he said. When the reporter asked Zendaya whether or not his expert onscreen kissing skills was noticeable, she was quick to explain the mechanics of it from an actor’s point of view.
“You’re in the moment!,” she said. “When you’re into a character, the whole time [her and Efron’s characters] are not allowed to as much as touch, talk, speak, have a moment between each other. So every moment is really, really incredibly special. It’s not just another kiss — it’s a huge thing for these characters,” she explained. “We try to take ourselves and become these two characters, and it’s their moment.”
“This might be my favorite kiss ever,” Efron chimed in. “The tension between [their characters] is so strong that literally just a glance between them is electric. When they finally have the courage in that moment to finally connect and get that kiss, it’s …. really happening,” he finished.
See it for yourselves when the film hits theaters December 20.